Memories : 18th of September along with U2

On September 18th 2010 U2 played their only French show of the year on the 360° Tour. Two years later our writer remains with the memory of living a daydream…

Bono with one of the balloons – Paris, September 18th 2010.

Author : Pauline, translated by Florian

“Run” and “wait”: I feel like my day of September 18th 2010 was mostly about that. Wait for a year between the concert tickets presale and the actual date of the show, wait during the journey on the train on the evening of the concert, wait for 10 hours in front of the Stade de France gate – half of the time up and packed, wait for the end of the horrible Interpol gig – which we wouldn’t have expected to be as bad as first part, and finally wait for U2 to enter the stage while the clock is ticking on the Claw’s screen…

And run, of course. Run in the morning to go catch the train, run to catch the subway which is about to leave to the stadium station, wait to reach the stadium gate, and run again once inside the stadium. Run while admiring this massive stage, run while going down the stairs leading to the stands, run even when the Security Officers ask you to walk, run from a checkpoint to another, and ultimately run once the pit is reached in order to get as close as possible to the barrier.

Mission accomplished, you’re at the forefront, right under The Edge‘s nose. That’s just the insolent good fortune of five fans who took the challenge to be at this very spot and who succeeded. We survived the crowd movement when the stadium gates opened, just as the Heaven gates would – our own fans nirvana, we also survived the pushing and shoving when entering the pit. The art of slipping through is what allowed us to queue jump in front of other people in that crowd which was waiting at the pit entrance. Too bad for good manners, too bad for apologies: you sneak around using your elbows, you don’t say you’re sorry, everything is at stake right now! Good manners won’t let our dream slip through our fingers. Too bad for the girl who falls right by my side – probably kicked around too much by the crowd, I barely look at her and don’t even think of stopping by to help. After so much running and so much waiting, and being just a few feet away from the stage, all I want is U2 to appear as soon as possible. Nothing else matters.

I didn’t even notice the 96000-people crowd that was filling the stadium on that night. I was all alone with U2, they were playing just for me. When The Edge started with the chorus of Sunday Bloody Sunday with his eyes closed, he was just playing for me, and Adam surely came my way to meet me while playing Mysterious Ways. That’s the whole point of being at this front row that is so coveted: you can’t see others. Even if you feel the energy radiating from the audience and the communion with the band it leads to, you really feel like being as close as it can get to the four Irish guys – even feeling like being alone with them.

That was not my first U2 show yet it leaves me with an unexplainable memory that was not present on my first concert – my first U2 show for which I had been waiting for four years. This day of September 2010, no doubt, was the day of a great concert. A very good one.

(NB : More videos available on Stroubidoul‘s YouTube channel)

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Once again, many many thanks to Stroubi and all the people who made it possible to get a DVD from that concert!

Fancy a nice U2 book?

That’s what Peter Neill is asking you.

This professional photographer whose specialty is music photography has a portfolio which includes Billboard magazine, Coldplay and U2. During U2‘s 360° Tour he captured with his camera Sheffield’s concerts in 2009 and Paris’ ones in 2010 ; you can take a look at the result on his Facebook page.

Now Peter Neill is asking you the following on Facebook : “U2 People, Have you any interest in a U2 photobook, coffee table style.. If I can find a book printer with the right pricing so I can sell it affordably I may do one?” With the good feedback he got from that idea, Peter Neill said next : “this was unexpected, I really have to make that book”. He’s starting the legal process in order to get his book printed. In order to do so he also needs your help: if you know a high quality book printing service with modest pricing, you can send him its information by mail: [email protected]

We also suggest you to go have a look at his Facebook page to add a ‘Like’ on his post, follow the project updates and take this opportunity to view the photos he made of other artists: they’re worth a look!

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Summer 2012’s summary

You want to keep up with U2 news but you don’t have time to? No problem: U2France offers you a summary of last month’s news regarding U2 as well as a memo pad of its forthcoming events and a review of the progress – or not – of its album and tour plans.

The summary is back after a 2-month break: the lack of news led to a pause with great expectations for its come back. The first lines – written at the beginning of the week – were not full of hope, luckily very good news have appeared in the following days in the ‘notepad’ section…

Bono’s holidays

As it must be one of U2‘s most quiet time, news were mainly about Bono‘s adventures during his holidays. It all started at the Avignon festival, where the singer stopped by before heading to Saint Tropez. It was quite hard to miss Bono in his loud yellow trousers which amused both the press and several fans. It’s been an opportunity for U2 fans to get some material for U2 talk, by analyzing the poorly matched Bono‘s outfit and the usual weight he puts on every summer.

During his holidays Bono also got involved in more serious matters, among which an appearance in the African version of Big Brother in order to talk about the ONE association to the contestants. Talking about real TV: Bono denied the rumor that [he would be a judge… in shows such as X Factor and American Idol. Despite being inundated with such invitations U2‘s singer strongly refuses to commit in such things.

Being always very charitable, Bono also sent his smile to the young Miro Angers, a 12 years old boy who suffers from an unoperable brain tumor. In order to show him support a website has been created so that everyone can send him a picture with a smile on it. As Bono got moved by the story of Miro he also sent him his smile. Unfortunately the tumor won over Miro a few days later…

Rumor: there won’t be an end of the world with U2

On August 22nd the Guatemaltan Culture Minister said an invitation had been sent to U2 in order to perform a concert on December 21st 2012, to celebrate the end of the Maya calendar, which is also – according to certain beliefs – the time the world will come to an end: people will have to celebrate Christmas early if they want to get presents. The participants list would be quite appealing: invitations were also sent to Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Elton John, Neil Young (and that’s not the full list).

Yet there are almost no chances to see the all four members of U2. Since 1990 the band has never agreed to take part in a show that was out of their promotional tours. The’ve been invited thousands of times but never accepted anything. The best case scenario would be an appearance of Bono who is used to playing mini concerts without his band since the 2000s.

A few summer bonuses…

As we got quite bored because of the complete absence of Larry and Adam and that the few public appearances of The Edge along with Bono were not quite satisfying, we did something else. First we wished a happy birthday to The Edge on August 8 then we wondered if the live album U22 was reaching our expectations. We also kept creating new photo albums on our Facebook page – making 2 new albums : When the rock star meets other celebrities, which is dedicated to Bono‘s meetings with other political and musical personalities, and Before…and now in which you’ll be able to see how U2 managed to evolve since 1980.

A review on U2’s projects

Quite a quick update…as there are no updates! So here is the review from the previous summary.

Danger Mouse could produce U2’s next album

Bonotold last month The Irish Voice that U2 keep working in studio with Danger Mouse, who could produce its next album. As always the Irish singer appeared to be very optimistic about their current studio sessions, even telling they could be their best ones since 1979. According to Bono: « U2 have to do something very special to have a reason to exist right now”. He seems to be pretty confident about that as he explains the collaboration with Danger Mouse «hit a vein» and that «there might be life in the old dog yet!» (the dog being U2, not Danger Mouse). The next album doesn’t seem to be ready yet, few are the chances to have it released by the end of 2012.

Next tour and album trilogy

As the next album is not ready yet, no tour is on the horizon before 2012 at least. After their 360° Tour, U2 members said they were willing to go back to indoor venues, and don’t plan to compete with The Claw when it comes to spectacular stages. Maybe will there be an indoor tour in 2014…
As long as the three potential albums to come (a rock album, a club album and an “ambient” album) are concerned, there are no more news, still it seems the project isn’t over. The “ambient” album was probably about songs that could have been on the Holy Grail called “Songs of Ascent” – an album that was supposed to be released shortly after No Line On The Horizon, including titles from the 2004 to 2009 sessions.

Memo pad

October : release of the official 360°’s photo book

‘From The Ground Up’ – a 256-page hardbook which puts together photos taken by Ralph Larmann during U2‘s last tour – is set to be released next october (we’re waiting for the final date). So far the publishing rights haven’t been sold to any French publishing company, so we don’t know if any French version of it will ever come out. However the book will be available in a German edition in October with the title U2 360° – Um die Welt in 760 Tagen – published by Koch.

End of 2012 : next’s gift for paying subscribers

The official website of the band has just announced that the next gift offered to paying subscribers of will be a special edition of the book ‘From The Ground Up’ including live tracks that didn’t make it on U22 — the current gift from Those songs will be revealed in October. In order to get that special-edition book you’ll then have a choice: buying it as soon as it is out in store or waiting to get it through with extra live tracks. It looks like the only version you can get from the official website is the English one, there’s no mention of any other language.

Coming next: another hardbook about U2 on its way

The professional music photographer Peter Neill has decided to please U2 fans with the preparation of a hardbook including his pictures of the band taken during the 2009 Sheffield and 2010 Paris shows. His plan is to offer 2 versions of his book: a standard version and a limited-edition version in which fans will be offered the chance to choose the first-page picture. If you know a good and cheap publishing/editing company offering great quality at reasonable prices you can tell him by mail here: [email protected]. You can also follow his project updates on his Facebook page MusicShots.

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‘From The Ground Up’ and more live tracks from U2360°

From The Ground Up, the official photo book of the U2360° tour, is set for publication in just a couple of months.

This handsome hardback title, featuring photography from Ralph Larmann and text by Dylan Jones, will be published in October and is available to preorder from this weekend.

For anyone who treasures their memories of the extraordinary tour that was U2360°, this book captures the period like no other.

If you’re a subscriber (or considering it) we’re delighted to announce that we’ll be including a special edition of From The Ground Up as part of our 2012/2013 subscription offer.

Featuring the same text and photography, this edition of the book comes with a little something extra… more exclusive live tracks from U2360°.

That’s all we can reveal for now – full details of our new subscription package will be announced in October.

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Muse: ‘New album The 2nd Law is inspired by U2’

Muse frontman Matt Bellamy has revealed that U2 have partly inspired their new album.

The singer explained that spending time with the Irish band on tour in South America last year helped influence their upcoming LP The 2nd Law.

“We toured with U2 last year in South America. And there’s definitely a little bit of influence come onto this album, a little bit of [1991 U2 album] Achtung Baby here and there,” he told Classic Rock magazine.

Read on

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